Normally, my morning routine is basically this: cleanse, facial mist/toner, eye cream, facial oil, sunscreen, primer, makeup! Before I go to bed, my routine is pretty much the same except minus the sunscreen, add a serum, and sometimes I'll use an extra moisturizer after the facial oil if Lately, I feel like this normal routine is not cutting it! My skin has been so dry and subsequently oily. So, I have had to break out the big guns recently.
The Boots Botanics Facial Oil is something I've been using year round. I use this over a serum and under moisturizer. And I feel like it has really been instrumental in keeping my skin hydrated. I am prone to acne and a couple years ago I would never have thought to use a face oil! Now I feel like face oils have actually helped me to breakout LESS. Anyway, face oils will always have a place in my daily routines. And if you feel like your skin is dry, you can use it in conjunction with an extra moisturizer.
I bought this tub of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief at the end of last year and used it until spring/summer. Almost forgot that I had it actually. I used to use this in Hawaii when I needed extra moisturizing. I liked it because it never broke me out. This was enough to moisturize my skin in Hawaii, however, I don't think I could use this by itself in the Winter here. But it does work great with a facial oil for me!
I got this sample of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream in a birchbox and have been using this lately (it is almost GONE). I think that this would be a great moisturizer for winter (I don't even need to use a facial oil)! I love it! It is a rich cream that absorbs quickly into the skin and immediately moisturizes. Even though it's "rich," it doesn't feel heavy or anything; in fact, it's kind of lightweight! But I don't think that I would use this in the summer when it gets humid again. It smells a bit medicinal... Almost like rosemary, but I like the scent and it dissipates quickly after you apply it. I ordered a full-size tube of this to get ready a season of dry office environments and cold weather. I'll let you know how it works out in the long run!
I've also been making sure that I've been exfoliating to get rid of the dead/dry skin cells. I touched upon the products that I used for this a little in this post. I recently bought this Boots No7 Glycolic Peel Kit at Target and I am hoping to try this once my skin gets more used to the weather change. I just want to make sure that my skin won't be super dry!
In addition, I've been thinking about getting a personal humidifier for my cubicle and also a humidifier for our room while we sleep. I've been waking up to a congested nose lately and my nose sometimes hurts at work because of the dry air! It's so uncomfortable. I'm looking at humidifiers on amazon right now!
What are your favorite winter products? Does anyone use a humidifier? Are they as awesome as I imagine them to be?
(all products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own!)